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Discussions Continue with Existing and New Cruise Partners as Booking Requests Rise

[St. John’s, Antigua, February 14, 2021] — Antigua Cruise Port is pleased to announce that it has completed construction of the fifth berth, which is the newest pier at St John’s Port. This momentous $30 million investment, which was undertaken before the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world,  was finalized in November 2020 despite minimal interruption created by the unwelcome virus. The pier  work was part of the $80 million agreement signed in 2019 between Global Ports Holding and the  Government of Antigua and Barbuda to redevelop the cruise complex. The new pier and the entire  redevelopment will generate significant economic and other benefits for the tourism sector and for the  entire country upon the return of sailing. 

“Global Ports Holding has successfully delivered on its commitment to complete the fifth berth and has repaid $21 million of debt on behalf of the government, which was tied to the construction of the Nevis  Street Pier,” said Dona Regis-Prosper, General Manager of Antigua Cruise Port. “We were especially thrilled to have maintained our construction timeline and finalized the pier project during the pandemic. Our construction team, port employees, and other partners worked tirelessly to ensure that we remained on schedule and finished the job. We are very excited about the results.” 

“Completing this pier was a huge priority for us,” said Mehmet Kutman, Chairman of Global Ports  Holding. “As we expand our presence across the Caribbean, it is of the utmost importance that we  follow through on our commitments to the destinations we serve. We believe in the Antigua tourism  product and are pleased to have a very positive working relationship with the Government, which has  made this project much easier for us to complete. My sincere thanks to Dona and the entire team at  Antigua Cruise Port, to Meridian Construction, and to all our port partners for making this project a  success.”

 

Global Ports Holding (GPH) completed construction of the $30 million fifth berth at Antigua Cruise Port (pictured above) in November 2020. The company also repaid $21 million in government debt issued for the completion of Redcliffe Pier.

Mrs. Regis-Prosper noted that conversations between Antigua Cruise Port and its cruise partners have  increased now that the fifth berth is ready. “Our booking rates for the second half of 2021 and for 2022  are on the rise. Now that the cruise lines are aware that there is more berth space in Antigua, we are receiving more bookings from cruise lines that want to offer itineraries that include our destination. This  includes calls with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, who are very interested in bringing passengers here  on Oasis Class ships now that the fifth berth can accommodate these massive vessels. Based on our  current projections, we estimate that some 285,000 passengers could visit Antigua between October  and December of 2021, depending on when cruising resumes.” 

With this information, Antigua Cruise Port is collaborating with the Government to develop new health  protocols for the port to support the robust health and safety measures that were implemented at the  start of the pandemic. “We want everyone to know that our port and our destination are safe to visit  based on the highest global standards of cleanliness and COVID-19 precautions.” Mrs. Regis noted. 

“We have also commenced discussions with cruise lines that have not historically called on Antigua but are interested in coming here based on what we have created and on our plans for further  redevelopment of the cruise complex,” she added. “This new business will complement our plan to  convert Antigua Cruise Port into a home port by 2023, an idea which has piqued the interest of several  major cruise lines.” 

“Our next area of focus is the $2 million uplift of the Heritage Quay Shopping Mall and the $25 million  commercial development at Pointe. This expansion will create more opportunities for local  entrepreneurs, which will, by extension, make a significant impact on the community. The existing  tenants of the shopping complex will, of course, be given priority.”

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